Virginia Rape Defense Attorney

Allegations of rape are a life changing event, especially when they are untrue. It is a crime that is treated so severely, it can feel like a person has been convicted before they have even had a chance to defend themselves. But because these crimes are so serious and carry such serious penalties,  a person deserves to be treated fairly before the law. By contacting the Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates, you can be sure that you have an ally who is working tirelessly to guarantee your rights are upheld under the law.

These crimes require a level of compassion and understanding from the attorney representing the accused. While it may feel like you have no one in your corner, the lawyers at the Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates will stand by your side and force the prosecution to prove its case. We understand that accusations can be wrong and that people deserve to be treated fairly. We will work zealously to create reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.

Rape claims require the collection of sensitive evidence, so it is imperative to ensure that the evidence is handled with the utmost care and the chain of custody is closely followed. If evidence is unaccounted for or procedures are not followed, it can taint evidence and cast doubt on its reliability. With charges this serious, if there is even a hint that the evidence may have been compromised it can cause a case to be dismissed or the charges to be reduced. An experienced lawyer will make sure there are no improprieties in the collecting or handling of evidence.

Many rape cases boil down to one person’s word against another. Eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable at identifying accusers and can be coerced by police into identifying the wrong person. There are many cases of people being wrongly imprisoned for rape for years, only to be exonerated by DNA or other physical evidence that proves a person could not have possibly committed the crime. Questioning these witnesses can be a tough assignment, however. The jury does not want to see the witness or victim attacked, but at the same time the defendant deserves a vigorous defense. Our experienced lawyers know how to walk that line, asking aggressive questions without attacking the witness.

Depending on the age of the age of the accuser, rape in Virginia can carry a penalty of up to life in prison. At a minimum, a person will face at least five years in jail if convicted. The penalties for rape are harsh, therefore it is very important to hire a lawyer with experience defending against these charges. Some defense attorneys only have experience defending against misdemeanors or low level felonies. At the Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates, we have defended clients accused of rape and will provide the aggressive representation you deserve.

If you have been accused of rape, contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates today. We will begin investigating all charges against you and devise a defense strategy that will give you the best possible outcome for your given case. Our attorneys will force the state to prove each element of the charges against you and hold them to the highest standard of the law.

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